July 15 - The remaining six Olympic countdown pins have been announced. The pins for 10, 5, 4, 3, 2 and 1 day to go will each be released on the actual day, so you will not be able to buy them in advance.
Two sets of pins and a single were released yesterday (Friday).
The first is a set of sports pins that show shots from different sports. These pins were on show at the recent pin meet and are now available to collectors. The numbers are 1693 - 1670 and they are limited to 10,000 pieces each
July 7 - Royal Mail have revealed they will be celebrating the Paralympics by issuing a set of six first class stamps in a specially designed miniature sheet following the conclusion of the Games that will feature every single ParalympicsGB gold medal winner from London 2012.
After Jamaica won the Olympic gold medal in the 4x400 metres relay at Helsinki 1952, the island's Governor decreed a national holiday, But after the day of celebrating came the day of reckoning as many islanders were brought to the courts for breaches of the liquor laws. Their plea? "Helsinki, Your Honour". The local newspaper said that the judge smiled and passed "sporting sentences". In Helsinki, the winning team offered the Duke of Edinburgh a drink to help their celebrations. They possessed no drinking glasses but found a toothbrush tumbler. Cheerfully the Duke joined in.
Sydney will soon celebrate the 80th anniversary of hosting the British Empire Games, the first major international event that Australia had ever staged and which paved the way for it to be awarded the Olympics as Philip Barker reports.